As we enter Mental Health Awareness month, PsychSolutions would like to highlight the positive impacts of seeking help when struggling with mental health issues. Just as one would visit a doctor for physical pain or the dentist for a toothache, therapists are available to help when one struggles mentally or emotionally, and due to societal stigma, often in silence or alone. Below we are sharing the life-changing possibilities of taking the first step and seeking help for your mental health. Continue reading to know the story of a young client who, with help from their therapist, turned their life around and became a finalist in the college application process due to an impactful essay on the benefits of therapy.
Tell us about a non-family relationship (i.e. not your mother, father, sibling, etc.) that has impacted how you see the world and what is possible for you. What did you learn from this relationship?
Throughout my pre-adolescent and early adolescent years, because of my unstable home life, I developed clinical depression. I was assigned a therapist named Evelyn. Therapy tends to have a negative connotation, such as only “crazy” people go to them. But Evelyn made sure to make me feel comfortable and sane throughout the process of rehabilitation. Evelyn not only acted as a therapist but also as a mentor figure. She made me realize my academic and social potential. Evelyn helped me confront and forgive my mother’s negligence in hopes of maintaining a healthy daughter-mother relationship. Evelyn also helped me manifest my mixture of negative emotions in a positive way. Because of her guidance and mentorship, I was able to cope with my emotions by creating art pieces, whereas in the past I’d self-harm. Evelyn has positively changed my perspective on life and my future.
Now, as I am looking back, I don’t know where I would be without Evelyn. I am extremely grateful for her. With all the skills Evelyn has taught me, I will apply them in my undergraduate career by practicing healthy coping mechanisms for stress and anxiety. In the future, I believe mentors will guide me throughout the college experience since I am a first-generation student. They will advise me on ensuring I have a correct balance of rigorous courses and free time to enjoy myself. I appreciate Evelyn and my future mentors, for showing me how to believe in myself and that my dreams are possible
If you or someone you know has a mental illness, is struggling emotionally, or has concerns about their mental health, there are ways to get help. Use these resources to find help for you, a friend, or a family member.